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The first public beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 is available to download. Before proceeding with the guide, remember that the public beta is still a test update and that there may be bugs, various problems, and incompatibilities with some third-party apps. From our tests, there are no particular issues on the iPhone and iPad, but we recommend that you perform a backup of your device before proceeding with the beta installation.

Apple also released a revised version of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 3 for developers (version 20A5312). Here’s how to install it:

First, back up your data, then follow the steps below:

  • Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC using a Lightning or USB-C cable
  • Open Finder on Mac or iTunes on PC
  • Click on the device icon in the menu
  • Under Back up and restore manually, click Back up now.
  • Check the Backup Encryption checkbox if you want to back up your login credentials and any Health and HomeKit data.
  • Once the backup is finished, you will need to locate it and create a copy following the official Apple guide depending on the operating system you are using.
  • If you have enabled iCloud backup, just go to Settings> iCloud and tap on iCloud Backup and then Back Up Now.

Remember that backups saved on iOS 16 will not be able to be restored on iOS 15 or earlier.

How to install the iOS 16 beta

Once you’ve backed up, it’s time to install the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public betas:

  • From your iPhone or iPad, go to beta.apple.com
  • Click on Sign In at the top right and log in with your Apple ID. If you are not yet registered in the program, click on Sign Up and register by simply entering your Apple ID and accepting the terms and conditions).
  • From the top menu, select Enroll your Devices, then select iOS (or iPadOS if you’re on iPad)
  • Scroll down, click on Download Profile and accept the installation of the profile by clicking on Allow
  • Now go to Settings and at the top, you will find a new tab dedicated to the newly installed profile (“Profile downloaded”). Click on it to open it
  • Click on Install at the top right and confirm
  • After entering the security code and completing the installation, the device must be restarted.

Once the reboot is complete, you can install the iOS 16 public beta just like any system update by going to Settings> General> Software Update.

Remember that if you already have the iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 public beta profile installed, you need to remove it before installing the iOS 16 / iPadOS 16 profile.

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